Pre-employment Pipetrades

Open for Fall 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022 (January intake)

Open for Winter 2022 (April start)

Length: 12 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Blended

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Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options


The Pre-Employment Pipetrades program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter into the pipe trades.

Over the course of this 12-week program, you are taught the skills and theory of the first period of technical training for the common year of Gasfitter, Plumber and Steamfitter-Pipefitter Apprenticeship programs along with additional safety and tools training necessary for the industry.

As a Pre-Employment Pipetrades student, you will learn to layout, assemble, fabricate, maintain and repair piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals or fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other processes. You will learn the skills needed to become a Gasfitter, Plumber or Steamfitter-Pipefitter.

For plumbing, you will learn how to plan, install and service plumbing systems, fixtures, piping equipment and controls. These piping systems may be used to transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids.

Steamfitter-pipefitter is a pipe trade that deals with the installation, maintenance and repair of piping systems, but differs from other pipe trades in relation to where the work is performed, the types of piping that are involved and the training that is required. You will learn to install a typical piping system in a commercial building or industrial plant, study blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the type of pipe and tools to use, and layout the sequence of tasks.

For Gasfitting, you will learn to set up propane equipment ranging from residential furnaces to industrial boilers. Gasfitters employed by utility companies repair and extend gas mains and install, repair and service pipes and fittings between mains and buildings.

Upon successful completion of this 12-week program, you may be eligible to write the first-period pipe trades exam from Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) at an additional cost.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Apprenticeship.

Following graduation, you will have a lot of different options for employment. You may decide to work as a gasfitter, plumber or steamfitter-pipefitter. It will be your responsibility to find an employer who will indenture you as an apprentice.

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Career opportunities

Gradates can pursue entry-level positions in pipeline construction, thermal or steam generation plants, manufacturing facilities, residential or industrial plumbing companies, gas plants, and more. Graduates need to find workplaces that will indenture them as either a gasfitter, plumber or steamfitter-pipefitter apprentice.

Potential career include

  • Steamfitter-pipefitter journeyperson
  • Gasfitter journeyperson
  • Plumber journeyperson
  • Supervisory positions or business owner

Related careers include: 

  • Plumber 
  • Gasfitter 
  • Insulator 
  • Steamfitter-pipefitter

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,257

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021. 
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 April 1, 2022
Winter 2022 April 4, 2022 June 24, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 Nov. 25, 2022

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When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20, AND,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2, AND,
  • Science 10

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 4) is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Pipetrades and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
APPH 202 Calculations and Science 1.5
BLPR 232 Drawings and Specifications 1.5
EMTL 214 Equipment and Materials 3.0
PIPE 215 Pipe Shop 3.0
SFTY 202 Safety and Rigging 1.5
WFAB 201 Metal Fabrication 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,136 $121 $- $- $5,257

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $46
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $38
Student technology fee: $38
Saitsa fee: N/A

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: N/A
  • Dental Plan: N/A

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation date

Your program orientation will take place on the first day of class. 

Learn more about our on campus orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • CSA steel toe boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

In addition all apprentices must manually register for PREP145: Orientation for apprentices hosted by Academic Coaching.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Math 123: Math Refresher

Refresh your math skills needed for Math 235 and Math 238.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8367

Academic Chair

Derrick Moore, Academic Chair

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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